1. In this conversation what did Jesus say or do?
2. In this conversation what did the words or actions of Jesus explain to us about the Father?
1a. Jesus spoke a blessing right off the bat to Nathanael even though He surely knew Nathanael‚Äôs comment about nothing good coming from Nazareth.
1b. I picture Jesus sitting around talking and Nate coming up, ‚ÄúNow here‚Äôs a honest man!‚Äù He says. Nate has just been brought to the Ultimate Judge of all Judges, the Righteous Judge, who Moses wrote about in the LAW, and His first words to Nate are not condemnation. If you heard that you were about to meet the ONE that Moses and the Prophets fortold, wouldn‚Äôt you be nervous or skeptical?
1c. Jesus told him that He saw him before Philip came. Only Jesus and Nate know what was going on right then, but it was definitely more than what John wrote here. Jesus didn‚Äôt embarrass Nate or correct him or flatter him. It almost seems like an inside joke like ‚ÄúI know what you did‚Äù or something, and the effect was a great confession. Jesus knows just the right thing to say.
1d. In a humble way, Jesus says ‚Äúyou guys are going to see more than just this. You are going to see heaven open up and the messengers of God go to and fro on me.‚Äù
2a. He didn‚Äôt have a bunch of pent up rage against Nathanael, He didn‚Äôt show up with condemnation and judgement. He didn‚Äôt hold a grudge or take personally Nate‚Äôs Nazareth comment.
2b. Jesus does another ‚Äúcall it like I see it‚Äù on Nate. Nate might not have felt at all like he was honest or true or even an Israelite. His reply to Jesus may have not been b/c Jesus knew about how honest he was, but b/c Jesus knew how tricky (kniving sp?) Nathan was, and Jesus showed him such mercy. Like if Jesus said to the alcoholic, ‚Äúhere is a true family man, who cares very deeply for his family.‚Äù That might not be where his addiction takes him, but apart from his great weakness, that is where his heart is. Maybe Nate was wishing he was honest, and Jesus sees that in spite of his actions.
2c. Jesus saw Nathan, where he was, what he was doing, what he was thinking, how he was feeling, and treated it all with great care. Jesus is not in a rush to condemn or humiliate us publicly. It is not his goal to shame us. He would rather show us great things.
2d. Jesus gets called ‚ÄúSon of God‚Äù and ‚Äúthe King of Israel‚Äù but doesn‚Äôt call Himself those things. He isn‚Äôt so concerned with the words we call Him by. (I‚Äôm thinking of Jehovah‚Äôs witnesses that harp on calling God Jehovah and nothing else)
2e. The angels of God come and go on Jesus. He is the way for things to come from the Father, and He is the way to go back to the Father. Jesus is the path to the Father, and He is the Place where God comes to Earth.
In Jacob‚Äôs dream he said ‚ÄúGod was in this place and I didn‚Äôt know it.‚Äù Nate sees Jesus in this situation and realizes that this is the place where God is: Jesus.